Saturday, May 24, 2008
Article Research: The Dalai Lama's trip to Germany
During his week-long stay in Berlin, marked with public speeches and a meeting with the development minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. However, she was the only government minister to do so. All other officials refused to meet with the religioues leader, due mainly to their strong ties to the Chinese government, but mostly to officials at the German-Chinese Embassy. The Dalai Lama was accused by these refusing officials of 'playing politics' against the olympic games to be held in Beijing this August. Wieczorek-Zeul chose to meet with the leader anyway, stating; "I don't understand the excitement about the meeting with the Dalai Lama. I regularly talk with religious leaders. Why not the Dalai Lama?" Read the full IHT article.